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other chiefs to lay down their arms and let
Almighty Voice's stand be the last.

Our day as free rovers of the open plains had
ended. A few years later we boys were In mis-
sion schools, learning our A B C's and how to hoe
with our hands. How this shamed us: to have to
work like women, when we had thought that wre
were going to be warriors and hunters like our
forefathers. This manual labour so humiliated
us that whenever we looked up and saw any of our
old warriors passing the school, we would lay
down our hoes and stand still until they had

I used to go to my room at night and He and
think of the old days when there were buffalo
and plenty of animals everywhere* . . . At
that time there were a lot of old men, and It was
nice to be around. . w . Then I would think of
what mf grandfather used to tell me when I was
a small child. He said that some day the white
man would be everywhere on the plains. I did
not believe him. He said that some day they
would drive all of the animals away; they would
put up fences everywhere, and the Indian would
have to camp in one place all of the time. I did
not believe him. But now I was beginning to
realize that everything my grandfather said was
coming true—and I wondered If he could see It.

But the new day Is here: it Is here to stay*